Raise your hand if you're weary of the "wise men" in the media bemoaning the loss of the GOP moderates. Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein (both of whom have been invited on the show), penned a sorrowful piece
over the weekend in the WashPo about how all the problems facing America are the result of the Republican Party's radicalization courtesy of the tea party (only a slight exaggeration).
The truth is that GOP moderates are not persuasive and are not popular. Outside of New England, Manhattan, and Montgomery County, Maryland, there is almost no popular support for moderate Republicanism. The GOP took control of the House only after moving to the right (both in 1994 and in 2010), and Reagan was far more popular than any more moderate GOP candidate. Even Romney -- whose nomination proves that the GOP's moderates have more power than Ornstein wants to admit -- had to move to the right because his moderate views on issues like health care were very unpopular. The article also ignores what has happened in the Democratic party on issues like gay marriage and abortion. Even 20 years ago, you could still be a conservative Christian and vote for the Democratic party. These days, that simply is not possible. The decision by liberals to adopt such a hostile attitude toward traditional Christianity is clearly a major cause of our current divide.